Bnai Amoona is an inclusive community that embraces, supports, and values all people being B’tzelem Elohim (in the image of God).

2013 winner of the Ruderman Prize in Inclusion

Participant 2013

 

Awarded Cornerstone Certification in 2014

Congregation B’nai Amoona strives to be a welcoming and accessible spiritual, social and educational Jewish community for everyone who seeks us out. This ethos permeates how we look at our physical plant as well as our educational, spiritual and social programs and services. B’nai Amoona decided almost two decades ago that our entire community, including all of our educational programs, should be open to everyone regardless of ability or needs.

We currently offer a variety of student supports for all religious education and programs including our Meyer Kranzberg Learning Center

  • Inclusion specialist on staff
  • Individualized learning plans
  • Student shadows
  • Resource room services
  • Special educators on staff as regular classroom teachers

 In our summer camps, Ramot Amoona and B’nai Ami we offer:

  • Inclusion specialist on staff
  • Student shadows
  • Individual plans

 Our Early Childhood Center offers:

  • Occupational Therapist on staff
  • Families can arrange to receive outside therapies during class time

  B’nai Mitzvah Process

  • Additional time for tutoring
  • Dedicated special needs B’nai Mitzvah Tutor
  • Individualized B’nai Mitzvah experiences

Building structure & people

  • Power operated entrance doors
  • Assistive listening devices in the several main gathering and prayer spaces
  • Large print/transliterated siddurim
  • accessible bima, ark and Torah reading table
  • Ability to live stream services in the main sanctuary and lectures in the library

Our inclusion committee is very proud of the important work that has happened in B’nai Amoona to make our community accessible and open to everyone. The committee is always looking for new members who are looking to join and make a difference. If you are interested, please contact Larry Opinsky, Inclusion Committee Chair at larry@gatewayshoes.com.

 If you are interested in attending an program, service or lifecycle event at our congregation and need to insure accommodations are available, please contact Avital Ostfield at 314-576-9990 x116.